NEWARK - Real estate developer and political contributor Charles Kushner pleaded guilty today to 16 counts of assisting in the filing of false tax returns, one count of retaliating against a cooperating witness and one count of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.
Kushner, 50, of Livingston, entered his plea in U.S. District Court before Judge Jose Linares.
plea hearing, Kushner
admitted that, as Chairman of Kushner Companies
assisted in filing false tax returns claiming over $1 million in partnership charitable contributions as office expenses, causing losses to the IRS
of between $200,000 and $325,000.
further admitted he
devised a scheme to retaliate against a cooperating witness and her
husband by having a prostitute seduce the husband and covertly filming them having sex.
told the Court that he
paid a private investigator $25,000 to arrange for the seduction and videotaping of the cooperating witness' husband.
admitted to personally recruiting the prostitute and instructing that the videotape be mailed to the cooperating witness.
also admitted to making false statements to the Federal Election Commission
which allocated campaign contributions to certain individuals who had no knowledge that contributions were being made in their names and had not consented to him making the contributions.